Louisville Workers Compensation Attorney

Louisville Workers Compensation Lawyer

To a person not familiar with the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation system, it can seem like a confusing maze of insurance rules and regulations. Part of the reason for this is that it’s in your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier’s best interest to reduce the amount of money spent on a claim. If you choose to face the system alone, you may not get the full amount of benefits you deserve.

What Sets Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers Apart in Louisville Workers Compensation Claims

At Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers, we distinguish ourselves from other firms in handling Louisville workers’ compensation claims through the personalized attention, comprehensive legal experience, and aggressive advocacy we provide each client.

Our team is dedicated to catering to each client’s specific needs. We will do all we can using our understanding of Kentucky’s workers’ compensation laws to reap the benefits of injured workers. We operate on a contingent fee basis, meaning we ensure our clients are not saddled down by the burden of upfront legal fees unless we win.

Our personal injury lawyers in Louisville takes ownership in ensuring our clients are empowered with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about their cases. Our proven track record of securing favorable outcomes, combined with our strong reputation in the Louisville community, makes us a trusted and respected choice for workers seeking justice and fair compensation after workplace injuries.

How a Lawyer Assists in a Workers Compensation Claim

Our team of lawyers can play a diverse role in assisting you in your Louisville workers compensation claim, including:

  • Navigating the Claims Process: Workers’ compensation systems can be complex and confusing. Our lawyers help our clients understand the process, timelines, and requirements, ensuring that all necessary steps are taken and forms are correctly filled out and submitted on time.
  • Gathering and Presenting Evidence: A successful claim often depends on the quality and comprehensiveness of the evidence presented. We will take the lead in gathering medical records, expert testimony, and evidence of the workplace conditions that led to the injury, as well as documenting the impact of the injury on the client’s ability to work.
  • Representing in Disputes: If a claim is denied or disputed by your employer or their insurance company, we will represent you in hearings or appeals, advocating on their behalf. We can prepare and present arguments, cross-examine witnesses and work to overturn unjust decisions.
  • Maximizing Benefits: Our lawyers have significant experience evaluating the full extent of our client’s entitlements, including medical treatment, temporary or permanent disability benefits, and rehabilitation support. We will work to ensure you receive the maximum benefits allowable under the law.
  • Preventing Retaliation: In some cases, employees may fear or face retaliation from employers for filing a claim. We are ready to protect against such actions.

Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of having a lawyer is the peace of mind it brings. Trust our experienced Louisville workers’ compensation lawyers to handle your claim so you can focus on recovery and sleep well knowing that your case is in good hands.

Coverage and Eligibility Under Louisville Workers Compensation Laws

Governed under Kentucky workers’ compensation laws, Louisville employees are entitled to guaranteed coverage of medical benefits and compensation for lost wages for those who are injured or become ill as a direct result of their work.

The requirements for employers include:

  • All Employers Requirement: According to KRS 342.340, all employers operating in Kentucky with one or more employees are required to maintain workers’ compensation insurance. This mandate encompasses a broad spectrum of employees, including full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal workers.
  • Immediate Coverage Provision: KRS 342.630 provides that employees are entitled to workers’ compensation coverage from their very first day of employment. This immediate coverage is crucial for protecting workers from the outset of their employment, offering prompt support in the event of a work-related injury or illness.
  • Occupational Diseases Coverage: The coverage of occupational diseases is specifically addressed in KRS 342.0011, 342.800, 342.835, where the law extends workers’ compensation benefits to include illnesses and diseases that arise directly from the employment environment or job duties. This includes conditions developed over time due to workplace exposure to hazardous substances or stressful physical activities.

What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Am I Entitled to After an Injury at Work?

There are three types of benefits in a workers’ compensation claim – income, medical, and vocational rehabilitation. Most injured workers who qualify for workers’ compensation coverage use income and medical benefits.

  • Income Benefits There are two types of income benefits, TTD (temporary total disability)and PPD (permanent partial disability). Both benefits are based on 2/3 of your gross average weekly wage for the year prior to the accident.
  • TTD is paid if you are taken off of all work by the doctor to recover from any injuries sustained as a result of the accident.
  • PPD and PTD (permanent total disability) are paid when a person sustains any permanent partial or permanent total disability. Permanent partial disability can occur when a person’s injuries are assigned an impairment rating by a physician. In the case of permanent total disability, an impairment rating and restrictions are imposed, which prevent someone from returning to all work activities.
  • Medical Benefits The workers’ compensation insurance company is responsible for the lifetime payment of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment for recovery from the work injuries.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits If your injuries prevent you from returning to your usual occupation for which you have training and experience, you may be awarded retraining for work you’re able to perform.

What to Consider Before Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

There are many factors to consider when determining if you have a claim.

Where Did Your Accident Happen?

Most accidents and injuries occur on the employer’s premises, but a valid accident can also occur off of the premises. For example, a work-related vehicle accident may qualify you for workers’ compensation benefits.

What Type of Injury Did You Sustain?

A work injury can be more than just a broken bone, torn ligament, sprain, back pain, or neck pain. Other injuries that may qualify you for workers’ compensation benefits include:

  • trauma caused by daily use of vibrating tools on an assembly line
  • repetitive motion throughout the course of work shifts
  • aggravation of arthritis pain
  • illness or injury caused by exposure to hazardous work environments

How did your accident occur? Work accidents can sometimes be caused by the negligence of a third party, such as an employee of another company or manufacturer of defective equipment. A separate lawsuit can be filed against the negligent party (but not co-workers) to obtain damages in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.

What Is Retaliatory Discharge?

Retaliatory discharge means an employer cannot fire, harassed, coerced or discriminated against an employee for filing a claim. This statute is designed to protect an injured worker’s job from the time of the accident through the time they are recovered from their injuries and return to work.

Normally, an employer can discharge an at-will employee, or an employee not working under a contract, for good cause, for no cause at all, or for a cause that is “morally indefensible.” It would seem as though an at-will employee can be fired at any time for any reason. However, there are certain restrictions on what is called the “at-will doctrine” to provide workers some protection from potential employer abuses. To prove that retaliatory discharge has occurred in a workers’ compensation claim there are four criteria which must be met.

  • The worker must show they were pursuing a workers’ compensation claim
  • Proof the employer knew the injured worker was pursuing a workers compensation claim
  • The injured worker has to show that the employer either fired, harassed, coerced or discriminated against them in their employment
  • A causal connection between pursuing the workers’ compensation claim and the adverse employment action must be proved. Thus, a person cannot allege retaliatory discharge just because they have been fired

It should be noted too that even though a person may be injured on the job and is protected from retaliatory discharge, they must still abide by the employer’s rules and regulations governing employment with the company. There are a number of considerations to be undertaken after being injured on the job.

Contact Our Louisville Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

If you need help with your worker’s compensation case in Kentucky, or you have questions about your benefits call our team today. At Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers, our Louisville workers’ compensation lawyers know the law, and we’re here to assist you through every step of the claims process in Kentucky.

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